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Sox Pounded By Yankees At Fenway Park

The beginning of a three-game series with the dreaded New York Yankees started terribly for the Boston Red Sox as the Yanks beat the Sox 20-11 at Fenway Park.  Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui led the offensive charge for New York as the Bronx Bombers blasted 23 hits, 10 off Boston starter Brad Penny and eight off of recently promoted Michael Bowden.

The Yankees put up two runs in the first, four in the second, and six in the fifth to deliver the first blow to the Red Sox in this three-game series.  Penny lasted only four innings as Bowden sacrificed himself for Tery Francona and the Sox as the rookie right-hander saw his ERA jump to 15.75.  Andy Pettite got the win for New York, his tenth of the season and Jacoby Ellsbury tied the Red Sox single-season stolen base record with his 54 thief of the season.

The loss puts Boston 7 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the AL East but a Tampa Bay win over Texas on Friday keeps the Sox 1 1/2 games up in the wildcard chase.  Junichi Tazawa looks to right the Red Sox ship on Saturday as he squares off against A.J. Burnett.

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Michael Bowden Called Up from Pawtucket

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Young Righty is Promoted to the Bigs
The Red Sox called up Pawtucket starter Michael Bowden to the major league roster this afternoon, as reported by the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn. It is currently unclear whose spot Bowden will take, but rumors are surrounding Jason Varitek and a possible trip to the disabled list.
— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Red Sox 8/21 , The Yankees Are Coming To Town

 A.L. East Standings As Of 8/21

NY Yankees      76      45      .628      —
 Boston     69     51     .575     6.5
 Tampa Bay     65     55     .542     10.5
 Toronto     55     64     .462     20.0
 Baltimore     49     72     .405     27.0

Our lineup is back in form and things are looking up again for the Red Sox… Just in time for a Yankee Series!

It will be Petitte v.s. Penny and is sure to be a wild weekend of baseball

Sox Sweep Blue Jays

Are the Red Sox back on track?

It looks like that train that fell off the track might be repaired and moving forward again. The Red Sox behind Lester tonight won 8-1 and let up only three hits.  The sleeper player that you don’t see in the box score is our new shortstop Alex Gonzalez who probably saved 3 hits and a few runs tonight.  JD drew knocked in 2 home runs

Consider that in the first inning Lester let the bases loaded with no outs! He then went on to pitch a gem of a ball game. Victor Martinez also homered and the Sox complete the sweep just in time for the Yankees to roll in to town this weekend.

Support from Iraq

These die-hard Sox fans are stationed in Iraq.  We tip our hats to you!!!
From left to right: SFC Polleys, John    SFC Batchelder, Charles   CPT Sadoski, Chris
We can’t thank you enough for the hard work you do for us everyday!

The Return Of The Rem-Dawg

Jerry Remy Set To Return To NESN On Friday

Red Sox fans are set to welcome back one of their own on Friday night as the local nine take on the New York Yankees.  Jerry Remy makes his way back into the NESN broadcast booth for the opening game of a three-game series at Fenway Park, joining Don Orsillo for the first time this season.

Remy took an indefinite leave of absence from the broadcast booth to recover from cancer surgery, pneumonia, and depression.  The founder of Red Sox nation, “Rem-Dawg” could bring a spark back to the Red Sox season, one in which this 2009 squad has sorely been needing.  

I’m sure that I can speak for everyone in Red Sox nation by saying, it’s good to have you back Rem-Dawg. 


Sox Bats Take No Halladay

Boston Powers Past Blue Jays

The Red Sox weren’t suppose to win against Roy Halladay, right?  Well the local nine didn’t pay any attention to what the pundits and baseball world had to say on Wednesday night as the Sox took care of business and handed ace, Roy Halladay, his sixth loss of the season with a 6-1 thumping brought to you by Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox offense.

After winning Tuesday evenings contest by the hair on Terry Francona’s head (kidding), the Sox were suppose to lose to Doc and the Blue Jays.  However, Halladay looked tired on the mound as the Sox powered past him and Toronto pitching with 10 hits and three home runs.

Buchholz went six deep, striking out four Blue Jays and allowing just one run.  Jason Bay, David Ortiz, and Victor Martinez all went deep for Francona as the Sox look to sweep the fourth-place Blue Jays as Jon Lester takes the mound on Thursday taking on Brett Cecil.  

Let’s hope the Sox don’t look past Thursday’s game and onto the big weekend series with the New York Yankees.  

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Buchholz Bests Halladay, Sox Win

The Doc is Taught a Lesson by Boston’s Young Gun

See, I told you the Sox shouldn’t have traded Clay to Toronto.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays met Wednesday night in a pitching match-up that was intriguing, to say the least — a modern day Simba-versus-Scar, if you will. Clay Buchholz, Boston’s young right-hander, was deemed a certain underdog pitted against the Toronto ace who is arguably the game’s best hurler. Halladay came into the game at 13-5 with a sub-3.00 ERA, but was lit up in five short innings against the Red Sox bats. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Victor Martinez and Jason Bay all knocked in runs in support of Boston’s 6-1 triumph at Rogers Centre.

Buchholz, meanwhile, dazzled the Blue Jay bats over six strong innings. He allowed one run on six hits on only 94 pitches, improving to 2-3 on the year.

Thursday night, Boston goes for the sweep as they send southpaw Jon Lester (9-7, 3.71) to the hill against Toronto’s own lefty, Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.35).

— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Pedroia to Miss Second Straight Game

New Dad Will Stay Back in Boston

During an interview on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley” program this morning, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia would miss his second straight game after the birth of his first child. Francona was unsure of the reigning MVP’s status for Thursday’s game either.

Pedroia and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their newborn son Dylan into the world yesterday afternoon. As much of a competitor as the brand-new dad may be, I’m sure he wasn’t anxious to get back to Toronto, as his club will be facing perennial Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay (13-5, 2.65) in game two of this three-game set. The Red Sox will oppose Halladay with young right-hander Clay Buchholz (1-3, 4.45).
— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Smoltz Released By Red Sox

42-Year-Old’s Time Ends In Boston

The end of John Smoltz’s tenure in Boston has come to a close as the Boston Red Sox released the 42-year-old on Monday.  

The right-hander posted a 8.33 ERA with the Sox and won only two of his eight starts with Boston.  Smoltz denied a request from the Red Sox that he go to the minors and work his way back as a reliever.

Smoltz, however, has not denied that he would sign with another team as a reliever.  

Pats Send Smith To Broncos

New England Trades Le Kevin Smith To Denver

The New England Patriots traded defensive end Le Kevin Smith to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round draft pick.  

Smith was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round out of the University of Nebraska in the 2006 draft and played in 31 games in three seasons with the Patriots.  With a plethorea of defensive ends and outside linebackers, the Patriots send Smith to Denver to a coach, Josh McDaniels, that knows Smith well.

The fifth-round choice that the Patriots acquire will most likely be the pick that New England sends to Oakland in exchange for Derrick Burgess.